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Drunk Drivers in Thailand to Face Morgue Work as Punishment

The cabinet approved the plan last week. Courts will be able to decide who deserves the punishment, the Bangkok Post reported.

Published: 12th April 2016 06:39 PM  |   Last Updated: 12th April 2016 06:39 PM   |  A+A-

By PTI

BANGKOK: Next time a drunk driver in Thailand is caught, the offender could be sent to work in the morgues under a new plan to cut accidents on the world's second most dangerous roads, officials said today.

"It is aimed to be a deterrent, a way to discourage people," police colonel Kriangdej Jantarawong said on the eve of Thai New Year celebrations that would see many people travelling long distances to visit family.

According to the World Health Organisation, about 24,000 people die each year on Thai roads, the world's second most dangerous.

Only Libya has a greater number of fatalities per capita from road traffic accidents.

The government already sends some drunk and reckless drivers to work in hospital wards, Nontajit Netpukkana of the department of probation said.

But authorities decided that "the intensity" of morgue work would help give offenders a more explicit idea of the consequences of their actions, he said.

The cabinet approved the plan last week. Courts will be able to decide who deserves the punishment, the Bangkok Post reported.

Thailand's annual three-day New Year festival, known as Songkran, sees revellers throughout the country take part in water fights.

The government has assured tourists that despite severe drought the event will go ahead as usual.

Heavy drinking is common and the week of the festival is nicknamed the "Seven Deadly Days" due to a spike in road accidents.

The government this year said the cars of drunk drivers could be impounded for the duration of the holiday.



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